I've done a lot of work with rescue this year and I've learned some really shocking facts about humane societies. I will never donate to them again. Only 20% of the dogs and cats get adopted. They "put down" the rest. Humane societies have to take all strays so they obviously have to kill a lot of the animals we think are going to be rehomed when we take in our pet or visit to walk the dogs. Another thing that is disheartening is a shelter can claim to be a no-kill shelter, but really be a kill shelter. This is how it works. We have a shelter just like that here and I know how it happens by somebody who works for them. When this no-kill shelter wants to put down some animals, they simply transfer those animals to kill shelters and the killing is done THERE. Technically, they are not killing any on their premises and can STILL claim to be no-kill. This shocked me. The only animal places I donate to now are no-kill rescues done by volunteers that are not funded by the government. These people really do care about the animals and will keep them in foster homes as long as they have to. There is a down side...they have to turn away many animals. But at least they are taking good care of the ones they agreed to save. I never visit the humane society anymore. I can't. Any pitballs or large black dogs are the first ones to go down, as they are the hardest to find homes for. I don't want to walk a nice, friendly dog and see an empty kennel later. Even if they say "oh, he got a home" I know better. For the most part, it really means "they went to the rainbow bridge." Just a rant.